State of the States 2010

State of the States 2010

Two years after the economy fell into what many are calling the Great Recession, the Pew Center on the States has issued a report that examines choices lawmakers and voters are making that could affect states' fiscal well-being in the long term. The report, State of the States 2010: How the Recession Might Change States (35 pages, PDF), found that nearly every state is facing a serious budget gap and, as a result, is asking residents to assume a larger share of the cost of government through increased taxes, higher public college tuition fees, and other charges. According to the report, the likelihood of permanent changes in state government as a result of the recession will depend on whether states can find ways to balance their budgets over the long term rather than scrambling to get by from year to year.